PAGE 13 MAZINA’IGAN DERSTANDING 20 YEARS • reflect on challenges, r 20 years tablished guide for harvest, collaboration f the MOU, and the importance of National Forests to tribes. Tribal representatives and GLIFWC staff share a moment before the MOU celebration dinner in Watersmeet, Michigan. (CO Rasmussen photo) Gathering marks MOU milestone By Bizhikiins Jennings, Staff Writer Twenty years have passed since the US Forest Service and tribes first sat down together and began a chronicle of crucial dialogue. On October 3 GLIFWC member tribes, staff, and Forest Service staff gathered in the community of gete-gitigaaning (Lac Vieux Desert) to acknowledge the relationship that has formed as a result of the MOU signing in 1998. Laughter and appreciation filled the air as gifts were exchanged between the leadership at the LVD community roundhouse. Former GLIFWC Deputy Admin- istrator and Task Force Rep Wayne Labine recalls the work that has gone into the MOU. “It’s more than just meeting, it’s about a relationship. The Forest Service’s relationship with the tribe’s is a great example for how all Federal and State agencies shouldworktogetherwithtribalcommunities.Togetherwecanaccomplishsomuch.” Labine also referenced the great partnership every year with camp Onji-Akiing (From the Earth), held at Camp Nesbit, in the heart of the Ottawa National Forest in Sidnaw, Michigan. The camp is jointly hosted by GLIFWC and the Forest Service and was developed to give tribal youth the opportunity to learn about their culture, identity, and future careers, all in a safe and fun camp environment. Afterwards, the group attended a banquet at the Lac Vieux Desert Casino Con- vention Center and shared an evening of trivia and storytelling. GLIFWC Executive Administrator Mic Isham and Forest Service Forest Supervisor (Chequamegon- Nicolet National Forest) Paul Strong spoke about the trials and tribulations of the MOU. Strong and Isham both related that the protection of the resource has always been at the forefront of decision making. Participants took the opportunity to play an interactive trivia game with ques- tions pertaining to the history of the MOU. The questions created great dialogue, which sparked individuals to speak about their favorite memories. As the drum closed out the meeting, the vibrations felt from the round house, rippledthrougheveryoneinattendance.Thelargetreesthatheldthebuildingtogether could be heard as GLIFWC and Forest Service sat at the table once more to talk about preservation of a way of life. Tribal members can gather firewood on National Forests located in the 1836, 1837 and the 1842 Ceded Territories as well as Wisconsin State Properties located within the 1837 and 1842 Ceded Territories. In order to gather tribal members must: p Have a valid tribal I.D. p Obtain a GLIFWC firewood gathering permit available at tribal conservation departments. Gathering Regulations: p Firewood permits obtained from a tribal conservation department are valid for up to Ten (10) cords of firewood. p Youmayonlygatherdead-and-downtreesforfirewooduse,however,thereare a few exceptions: • You may not cut any standing dead tree on National Forests EXCEPT thosestandingdeadtreeswithin100feetofanyroadordesignatedusearea • You may not gather any dead tree or portion of dead tree where any portion of the dead tree is located below the ordinary high water mark on select State of Wisconsin properties. • You may not cut down standing dead trees on the National Forest within 200 feet of a pond, lake, stream or river. • Anything beyond the 10-cord limit or harvesting any live-standing trees requireaspecialpermitwhichisnegotiatedbetweentheTribe,GLIFWCand the Property Manager where you wish to gather. —A. Wrobel Get your firewood in biboon